Cast in Stone
“Chance is a major factor in all evolution.”
My extremely textural work is process driven, a streamlined investigation of the natural mechanics that form fossils or sedimentary rock. I am intrigued by the fact that their formation is not governed by design but almost totally by random factors such as the passage of time, decay, erosion and regeneration. Chance is a major factor in all evolution, but its mechanism is very slow. My technique mimics this process but speeds it up and gives it free rein. I sculpt in wax and then make a casting in pigmented grout. Working almost blind and backwards, each layer obscures the previous one. When removed from the mold, the image is in reverse with the layers that were applied first and hidden, now visible on the surface. Inspired by the marks of burrowing insects and imprints of ancient plant and animal life, as well as found objects and modern refuse, the work makes a relevant anthropological statement for present day and future contemplation. I am intrigued by the ambiguity of my initial concepts in relation to their fruition and the unpredictable consequences of my actions and decisions. Each piece is a valuable and exciting learning experience and a new step in the evolution of my personal creative process.
Artifact No.6 31.5" x 31.5"